Troegs Java Head Stout

I went to the brewery with a friend who is relatively new to beer. As soon as his saw this beer, he said he wasn’t going to like this. He said that he didn’t like Guinness and said that he wouldn’t like this. I told him to give it a chance before he passed judgment. Needless to say, he went home with a six-pack.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the Troegs website, “JavaHead’s recipe is based on of our original oatmeal stout. After the boil, the hot wort passes through our hopback vessel on its way to fermentation. Packed full of whole leaf hops and a bed of ground coffee beans, the hopback vessel is similar to using a huge French press, intensifying the coffee nose and releasing subtle hints of coffee flavor. The result is a lush oatmeal mouthfeel balanced with cocoa, roast and subtle coffee flavors.”

Random: I seriously love coffee stouts. It’s like the best of both worlds.

This beer poured with an off white head with a dark brown body. There is not a lot of light getting through this bad boy. There is obviously no visible carbonation due to the color. On the nose, there’s a lot of coffee. No surprise there. But, it’s not overwhelming. On the taste, there is some mild, but pleasant carbonation. There’s also some coffee and a hint of chocolate, but the coffee definitely overwhelms the flavor. I also just read that this was an oatmeal stout, and I got none of the oatmeal. Had I not had Great Divide’s Yeti or Founders Breakfast Stout, I think I would have liked this beer a lot more. The finish lingers and is almost obnoxious. This was a decent beer. I would try it again, but it’s nothing really outstanding.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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